The Difference between Apple Hardware Model Numbered Devices and Apple iOS Software versions:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for September 16, 2019

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The Difference between Apple Hardware Model Numbered Devices and Apple iOS Software versions:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for September 16, 2019

There are a lot of folks who may have some difficulty describing their Apple Hardware Device Model number and/or what iOS Software version they are running on their Apple iDevice.

Apple Hardware iPhones, for example:  there are several models of iPhones.

• iPhone XS

• iPhone XS Max

• iPhone XR

• iPhone X

• iPhone 8

• iPhone 8 Plus

• iPhone 7

• iPhone 7 Plus

• iPhone 6s

• iPhone 6s Plus

• iPhone SE

When we attempt to assist someone with a problem they are having, sometimes the individual does not know the difference between their actual iPhone model and what version of iOS software they are running.

To find the model of your Apple iPhone:  Go to Settings, General, and then to About.

To find the version of Apple iOS software you are running:  Go to Settings, General, and then to Software Update.



Kliph’s Korner

Hello, some of you know me already, but for those who don’t. My name is Kliph, I have been working with Matt on a variety of projects over the last 4 plus years. So he asked me to be a guest writer on his blog. He is the one who called it “KliphsKorner”. Catchy name. My tip for the day is always make sure you use every resource availible to you. My 1st go to is google. Some still don’t know, but google has a world of information just waiting to be access. Ask a question on the web, with your phone, or with a google home, and google will dig and find the answer for you. Other resources. Of course you can always ask others who use the same devices as you, there is no greater teacher than experience. Join mailing lists. Matt and I run 1 called, “only apple talk and support” You can find it on Or send a blank email to

You will just put subscribe in the subject line, leave the body of the message blank, and send it. You will receive an email telling you to confirm, just reply without writing any text, and you are in. The last resource I will mention,is practice,practice, and more practice. I have been using IOS for almost 10 years, and I am still learning. So no matter how much you think you know,always practice, and try things on your own. Trial and error can only help you. In the long run, you may be able to help someone down the line who needs someone like you with all your resources, experience, and practice to guide them. And the best part, you will feel good about helping someone with all that you know.

Tech 300 – Clean Audio Now Available


Greetings everyone, as promised, here is a clean audio recording with the same information we taught in this weeks live session. You can stream this recording online, or you may download it for off-line listening. To download, long press on the link and choose, “download linked file”. Voiceover users should double tap and hold on the link to initiate the process. Enjoy.:)

Tech 300: Link to First Session Audio Now Available – Clean Recording Coming Tomorrow

Unable to make our first session of iOS At the Next Level? Or, just want a refresher? Below is the link to the live teaching session in audio format. You can listen online or using the free Dabel app. Remember, you don’t need a Dabel account to listen.

Also, for those who find the class setting a bit disruptive, a separate, clean recording is in progress and will be available on this blog tomorrow.

Listen to Session Audio

PSA: Updates On Course Schedule for iOS At the Next Level

The free course Tech 300: iOS At the Next Level will meet next Monday, September 16, 2019 as planned. However, this will be a special Q and A session since iOS 13 will not be released yet. Please submit your questions ahead of time. To do this, follow the following guidelines:

Compose a new message, using Apple Mail or another email client.

Address the message to:

In the subject field, type, “Tech 300 Question”.

In the message body, please include your first name, followed by no more than two or three sentences describing your question. Please keep questions short and to the point. You will not receive email replies to your questions, but these questions will be answered in next Monday’s class if possible, and audio recordings will be released after class.

Also, please note that the following week, we will have two sessions – not just one. This is necessary to cover all the planned material for this course, due to the later-than-anticipated release date of iOS 13. Classes that week will take place on Monday, September 23 and Wednesday, September 25, both at the usual time of 3:30 PM Eastern. Please mark this extra session on your calendars. Remember, this is an extra session, not a substitute for another session. We will meet twice that week. The final session for this course will remain on Monday, September 30. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you.

Apple Announces Release Dates for Upcoming Services and Software Updates

Apple today held a special media event, during which new iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch models were announced. These will be discussed in detail at a later time and in an upcoming TTJ Talk Podcast episode. However, in addition to announcing all the new hardware, Apple also announced some important upcoming release dates.

First, Apple will release iOS 13 to the general public next Thursday, September 19, 2019. Along side iOS 13, Watch OS 6, and presumably TVOS 13 and HomePod Software updates will also be released. As for iPad OS, it will be released along side iOS 13.1 on September 30. Also coming next Thursday will be the brand new Apple Arcade service, where subscribers can play awesome, high-quality games, ad free, online or off, with no in-app purchases. Apple Arcade will cost just $4.99 for the whole family. Finally, Apple Announced that its new AppleTV Plus streaming service will be available beginning November 1. Customers who buy a new iPad, iPhone, or AppleTV from Apple will receive one year free of AppleTV Plus.

If you are interested in having TTJ help you with the setup process for all this awesome new software, please Contact Us.

Rita’s iDevice Advice for September 9, 2019

Apple Credit Card:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for September 9, 2019

The new Apple Card is now available to everyone. Apple, which announced the card in March with Goldman Sachs is accepting applications through the Wallet app on iPhone. The approval takes minutes, and those who qualify can start using the card immediately with Apple Pay in store, apps and on websites. The company also is extending its 3% rewards to cardholders who use Apple Card with Apple Pay for Uber and Uber Eats transactions. Before, you could only earn 3% back on Apple purchases. The Apple Card comes with no fees, including no Annual fee, Foreign transaction fees, Over-the-limit fees, Cash advance fees, or Late payment fees.

The card’s interest rate ranges from 12.99% to 23.99% based on your creditworthiness. The card also uses the Mastercard network, so it is accepted pretty much anywhere in the world. The issuing bank behind the card is Goldman Sachs. The Apple Card is the bank’s first credit card.

You earn 3% back on purchases made at Apple Stores,, the App Store, the iTunes Store, for Apple services, and now Uber and Uber Eats. You get 2% back when you use the card through Apple Pay, and 1% back when you use the physical card. Another plus: All rewards you earn are added to your Apple Cash card each day and can be redeemed for any amount at any time. You don’t have to wait to earn a specific amount of rewards before using them. The physical Apple Card itself is numberless, so no one can copy your card’s number and use it to create a fraudulent card. Apple Wallet’s security tokens also protect your Apple Card. A unique token number – rather than the card’s number – is used to complete every transaction. That means your card number is never associated with a purchase. If a criminal picks up the token, it’s no good and can’t be used for an unauthorized purchase. The Apple Card also color codes your purchases on your iPhone. That means you can monitor how much you’re spending at restaurants or on gas or groceries, among other categories. You also can see how much interest you will pay depending on how big of a payment you make. 


Apple Card requirements

As with most any credit card these days, you must meet certain requirements <>  for approval. Here’s a rundown to see if you’re eligible. You must:

*           Be 18 years or older.

*           Be a U.S. citizen or lawful U.S. resident with a physical address, not a P.O. Box.

*           Own a compatible iPhone with iOS 12.4 or later.

*           Use two-factor authentication.

*           Sign into iCloud with your Apple ID.

*           Be willing to verify your identity with a driver’s license or state-issued ID.


How to apply for Apple Card

If you are eligible and ready to apply, here are the steps and it takes just a few minutes.


Note:  These instructions were written for sighted persons, who are not using voiceOver.  If you are using VoiceOver:  when the instructions say “Tap on an item”, perform a one finger double tap.


1) Open the Wallet app on your iPhone and tap the plus sign on the top right.

2) Tap Continue and then under Card Type, select Apple Card.

3) Tap to read the Rates and Terms and then tap Continue when you finish.

4) Verify and complete your basic information; name, birth date, and phone number, and tap Next.

5) Verify and complete your residential address and tap Next.

6) Verify your country of residence, enter the last four digits of your social security number, and tap Next.

7) Enter your annual household income and tap Next. You can tap the What does annual household income include? link for more information if needed.

8) Read the Apple Card Terms and Conditions and tap Agree.

9) If prompted to verify your identity, grab your driver’s license or state-issued photo ID and tap Continue. Position your screen over the front of your card, tap Continue, let it capture the back of your card, and tap Continue again.

10) After a moment, you will receive a view of the Apple Card with your credit limit and APR. If you agree to these and want the card, tap Accept Apple Card.

11) You can choose to make that card your default for Apple Pay or set that up later Make your choice and then when you see the Card Added screen, tap Continue.

12) You will then see an option to receive a physical card that you can use in stores and restaurants. Tap Continue if you’d like the physical card or No Thanks. If you decide to get the physical card, you’ll be prompted to verify your mailing address and tap Confirm.